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About the Centre

go!trekking! Westport Woods Hotel & Spa has the best possible combination of great trekking, excellent accommodation and plenty to do while you’re not riding and for partners. It’s located on the outskirts of the award winning heritage town of Westport, between the mountains and the sea. Just perfect. Treks range from beach riding, splashing through the shallows of the Atlantic ocean, to the foothills of Croagh Patrick and woodland tracks. Our horses aren’t typical trekking stock, they’re Irish Sport horse and cob types, some homebred, and all full of character.

The hotel welcomes guests with a roaring log fire and is a great base for riders and non-riders alike. An award winning leisure centre, spa with outdoor hot tub and all day food in the equestrian-themed Bench Cafe Bar all combine for a winning formula. Equestrian holidays are 3, 5 or 7 days in length with a variety of treks on each day.

The Westport Woods is proud to be Ireland’s greenest hotel.

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About the Activities

One of our most popular activities is beach riding. It’s a dream of so many horse riders to canter through shallow waves on a deserted beach and we’re happy to be able to make that dream come true. We’re lucky to have many beaches to choose from, some at the foot of Croagh Patrick, others (for longer treks) further out into Clew Bay. Of course the most unique feature of our equestrian holidays is the combination of quality riding with excellent hotel accommodation, complete with leisure centre and spa. Adventure activities in our grounds are another option for our guests. We are also close to the lovely town of Westport and the picturesque Quay area. This makes equestrian holidays at the Westport Woods ideal for riders and partners alike. Plenty to do for everyone.

Horse Riding Activities

    • Beach treks
    • Hill and mountain trekking
    • Intensive weekend clinics with specialist tutors
    • Three, four and five day trail rides around Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay
    • Cross country lessons and one to one coaching
  • Le Trec equi-tourism activity
  • Dressage and flatwork lessons with one to one coaching
  • Showjumping lessons
  • Sand arena lessons for beginner riders
  • Hunting

Non-Riding Activities

  • Cedar Spa treatments (in hotel)
  • Swimming/workout – Beech Club Leisure Centre
  • Evening entertainment – Bench Cafe bar (in hotel)
  • go!kids! children’s club everyone can play (in hotel)
  • Photography, Painting and Team Building Sessions (in hotel)
  • Visit Westport House
  • Railway Line Walk and Heritage walk of Westport Town
  • Visit Clew Bay Heritage Centre
  • Sea Angling
  • Climb Croagh Patrick

About the Horses

Our horses are sensible Irish sport horse and cob types as well as some ponies. Some are home bred, all are well schooled, full of character and willing mounts. Our smallest pony is 13 hands and our tallest horse 17 hands.

  • Brambles- 16.2hh homebred grey hunter mare )
  • Katie- 15.2hh chestnut hunter mare (half sister to Brambles)
  • Buster- 16.3hh majestic bay hunter gelding
  • Caps- 16hh three quarter bred bay showing horse, great for flat work
  • Tonto- 14hh lovely coloured pony gelding, full of character
  • Pipper- 17hh black Irish Hunter, possible eventer, learning about water
  • Diamond- Grey 4 year old Sports Horse from the Kings of Diamonds linage
  • Tinker- Black and white cob, great for beginner riders
  • Imp- Brambles is his dam, 3rd generation home bred, sire Master Imp 'Potential'
  • John’s Lad- Roan Irish hunter, still growing, only three years old, very quiet and being backed

About the Facilities and Accommodation

We must have the most scenic sand arena in the country, overlooking the towering peak of Croagh Patrick. The adjacent stable building is a spacious American barn style wooden structure. Sturdy cross country jumps dot the land alongside the entrance avenue. Much of the timber used is recycled from the hotel, in keeping with our green image.

Our accommodation is in our three star Westport Woods Hotel and Spa just outside the charming heritage town of Westport. It is Ireland’s greenest hotel, and a multi-environmental award winner. Leisure centre, swimming pool, spa and children’s playground complete the picture. The Bench Cafe Bar features evening entertainment on most nights. Partners will enjoy rambling around Westport Town, visiting Westport House and The Quay, climbing Croagh Patrick, or touring to The National Museum of Country Life, Killary Fjord (the catamaran trip on the Connemara Lady is very popular), Leenane (where The Field was filmed with Richard Harris and John Hurt), Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Achill Island, the historic Ceide Fields and picturesque Cong with the Quiet Man Cottage and Ashford Castle.

Customer Testimonials

Marvellous equestrian trekking in glorious countryside.

Ninon, France

My horse was a joy to ride and the scenery breathtaking.

Sue, England

The riding on the beach was the best riding experience I have ever had.

Kendra, England

Directions to Centre

From Westport, take the Leenane Road (N59) and after 3 miles turn left (signposted). The stables are a couple of hundred yards up on the left hand side.
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Phone: +353 (098)25811
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Quay Road, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

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